Santa Elena I is located at the Canton Palo de Campana, on the Santa Ana Volcano slopes, one of the most well known high quality coffee regions of El Salvador . A wonderful view of the Coatepeque Lake can be also appreciated. The farm was acquired at the end of the 70s but has been devoted to coffee since 1935. The altitude of this farm goes from 1,400 to 1,720 meters above sea level. Temperature between different seasons goes from 7° C to 25° C (44° F to 77° F). To participate in the CoE, Ernesto Ramon picked the Tablon El Duraznal or Peach tree because its the highest one, so he expected this one to present better cup qualities. Handpicking was performed the last week of March. This is the first time that Santa Elena enters the program with very nice results. Bourbón variety is mainly grown on its soils; some spots have been also grown with Kenya varieties for experimental purposes and lower altitudes are grown with Catuai. Coffee trees are relatively young with ages ranging between 4 and 20 years old. Weed control is performed manually and erosion is controlled by pit digging and barriers from pruned wood. This farm employs 25 permanent workers and almost 120 during harvest season. Shade trees are mainly Ingas. Coffee is totally hand-picked between February and March depending on the regions rainfall. The highest point of this farm is really close to Santa Anas Volcano crater and it is preserved as a natural forest. They process Santa Elena coffee at Serbia mill, natural fermentation lasting 8 hours and sundrying about 9 days.
Coffee varieties: Bourbón, Kenya, Catuai
Type of Shade: Ingas, pepeto, cypress, acorn, copalchi, peach trees, tatazcamite, etc.
Average Annual Rainfall: 3,800 mm
Average Temperature: 16º C
Type of Soil: Sandy loam
Annual Production: (60kg) 250 bags
Mill and company where lot was process: Serbia mill
Fauna: pocket gopher, deers, birds, squirrel, armadillos, etc.
Latitude: 13º 51 13.00 N
Longitude: 89º 36 39.00 W
|Santa Elena 1
|Ernesto Ramón Lima Rivera
|Size (30kg boxes)
|Santa Ana, Santa Ana
|Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range
|El Salvador 2008
|Washed Sun dried
|Coffee Growing Area
|Time's Club for C-COOP